Wednesday, November 09, 2005
AMERICAblog: 20 Words - Another Iraq War Claim Lie
From AFP, a newly declassified report shows that the Bush administration knew there were doubts about another part of their rationale for going to war in Iraq - Saddam's connections to Al-Qaeda. Via Yahoo:
US military intelligence warned the Bush administration as early as February 2002 that its key source on Al-Qaeda's relationship with Iraq had provided "intentionally misleading" data, according to a declassified report.
Nevertheless, eight months later, President George W. Bush went public with charges that the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein had trained members of Osama bin Laden's terror network in manufacturing deadly poisons and gases.
These same accusations had found their way into then-secretary of state Colin Powell's February 2003 speech before the UN Security Council, in which he outlined the US rationale for military action against Iraq.
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